By Adam Baum, Cincinnati Enquirer / Photo by Brandon Severn, For the Community Press
At the end of last season, Oak Hills' boys basketball team gave Moeller all it could handle in an overtime sectional championship game, ending the Highlanders' season at 16-8 overall.
With four returning starters, Oak Hills is very much in the conversation for one of Cincinnati's top Division I teams this year.
Seniors Ryan Batte, Luke Rudy, Brandon Wieck and junior Nick Deifel all return to the starting lineup under coach Mike Price, who's entering his 25th season at Oak Hills. Batte and Rudy were each named first-team in the Greater Miami Conference last season.
Batte, an Ashland University signee, at 6-foot-5, can play in the paint and on the perimeter. Batte led Oak Hills last year with 15.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists. Rudy, a 6-foot-4 guard who currently has offers from Hillsdale, Christian Brothers and Air Force, averaged 12.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists last season. Rudy hit a team-high 54 3-pointers and only turned the ball over 15 times in 24 games last year. Deifel, a 6-foot-2 guard, made 34 3-pointers and averaged 8.2 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.9 assists last season.
Senior guard Cam Naber also returns after missing nearly all of last season with an injury he sustained during football season. Naber started on varsity as a sophomore, so he's experienced.
The Highlanders have depth and they have the ability to adapt thanks to a flexible lineup.
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